Wednesday, November 7, 2012

News Nuggets 1100

DAYEE PICTURE: A cold fall day in County Durham in the UK.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.


How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File (Conor Friedersdorf) from the Atlantic
"Nate Silver was right. His ideological antagonists were wrong. And that's just the beginning of the right's self-created information disadvantage."

The World on Obama from the New York Times
"The Editors of the International Herald Tribune invited analysts from around the world to share their reactions to the re-election of President Obama."

The Real Real America (Paul Krugman) from the New York Times
"... it’s also the election that lets us ask, finally, “Who cares what’s the matter with Kansas?” For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves."

The Obama Realignment (Ross Douthat) from the New York Times
"When you do it once, it's just a victory. When you do it twice, it's a realignment. The coalition that Barack Obama put together to win the presidency handily in 2008 looked a lot like the emerging Democratic majority that optimistic liberals had been discerning on the political horizon since the 1990s."

Big Bet Six Months Ago Paved Way for President from the Wall Street Journal
"Jim Messina wanted to bet the bank—six months before Election Day. One Sunday in May, Mr. Messina, the manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, went to the president along with other top advisers and proposed an unorthodox strategy. The campaign, he said, wanted to spend heavily, starting immediately, on ads blasting away at Republican nominee Mitt Romney."

The Republicans Bet Everything, and Obama Won It All (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine
"Those white voters would vote their pocketbooks, which is to say, overwhelmingly against Obama. And then henceforth Obama, like Carter, would be the symbol of failure and big government overreach, a political bogeyman for future Democratic candidates. The great gamble failed. It failed for many reasons:..."

Welcome To Liberal America (Smith and Miller) from BuzzFeed
"Barack Obama, gay marriage, weed, and a new focus on climate change. This is the country, and the Republican Party has to adapt."

Election Thoughts (Markos Moulitsas) from Daily Kos
"Some random bullet points as I begin processing the results:..."

Obama's Big Night (Molly Ball) from the Atlantic
"From landmark victories for marijuana and same-sex marriage to picking up seats in the Senate, the left gained much more than the presidency Tuesday."

Yes, Obama Won a Mandate (Jonathan Cohn) from the New Republic
"Romney and the Republicans had turned the election into a referendum on liberalism—not just the liberalism of Obama, but also the liberalism of Johnson and Kennedy, of Truman and Roosevelt. They proposed massive, fundamental changes to the welfare state and wholesale rollbacks of women’s rights, and challenged the philosophy behind such policies—the whole idea that governments should act to protect vulnerable groups and to guarantee economic security. It was a huge gambit. And it failed."

Mitt Romney Election Results 2012: Stinging Loss, And Party At A Crossroads (Jon Ward) from the Huffington Post
"...the Grand Old Party has perhaps never looked so old, and it faces deep questions about how it will fix its inability to attract support from younger voters and from minorities, particularly Hispanics."

Election Aftermath: GOP Soul-Searching: 'Too Old, Too White, Too Male'? (Jonathan Martin) from Politico
"Republicans face a crisis: The country is growing less white, and their coalition has become more white in recent years. ... But the GOP’s problem is more fundamental than one bloc of voters."

In Boston, Stunned Romney Supporters Struggle to Explain Defeat (Byron York) from the Washington Examiner
"... what was striking after Fox News called the race for Obama, at about 11:15 p.m., was how stunned so many of Romney’s supporters were.  Many said they were influenced by the prominent conservatives who predicted a big Romney win, and they fully expected Tuesday night to be a victory celebration."

Republicans Face Murky Political Future in Increasingly Diverse U.S. (Peter Wallsten) from the Washington Post
"Republican leaders awoke Wednesday to witness their grim future. Without a makeover, a party that skews toward older, white and male voters faces political peril in an increasingly diverse and complex America. President Obama’s decisive victory over Mitt Romney served as a clinic in
21st-century politics..."

The Tea Party's National Ambitions Are Finished (Elspeth Reeve) from the Atlantic
" While the Tea Party won Republicans a majority in the House in 2010, election night 2012 showed the party's message is toxic at the national and statewide levels. While house races are local in character, Senate and presidential races are held statewide."

The 3 Biggest Day-After Mea Culpas (Garance Franke-Ruta) from the Atlantic 
"These men got it wrong. And they're not afraid to say so."

A more expansive analysis:
How Pundits Are Explaining Their Totally Wrong Election Predictions (Rebecca Greenfield) from the Atlantic
"Now that we've outed them as poor tea leaf readers, it's time for the justification phase of pundit predictions. While some of our political talking heads are bashful, admitting that they were plain wrong, not all of these pundits want to accept the truth. Guys, take it from Romney, a noble concession speech is the way to go in these situations. "

An example of the apocalyptic hair-pulling that is occurring on the hard right:
Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption (Robert Stacy McCain) from the American Spectator
"If four years of endless failure have not rid them of this madness, the disease may well be terminal. Perhaps others will still see some cause for hope, and in another few weeks my friends may persuade me to see it, too. But today I will hear no such talk, and I doubt I'll be in a better mood tomorrow. At the moment, I am convinced America is doomed beyond all hope of redemption, and any talk of the future fills me with dread and horror."

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says from the Bloomberg News Service
"Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said."

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